Fifty-Two (At Least) Ways To Enjoy Your Time In The National Park System This Year

Here we are, the very first day of 2013. Everything is fresh and open to possibilities when it comes to enjoying time in the National Park System. With that in mind, here are 52 suggestions on how to have fun in the parks this year.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Christmas Bird Count Coming....In January

Planning to be in West Texas early next month? If so, consider heading over to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to join in the park's annual Christmas Bird Count.

Still Time To Join A Yellowstone Association Institute Course This Winter

If you have some time on your hands, a hankering for natural sciences, and always wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park winter, here's your chance.

Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park In January? Check Out These Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing After Dark in the Park and Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors throughout January – which is also Volcano Awareness Month, established by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Florida National Scenic Trail To Turn 30 In 2013

The Florida National Scenic Trail will mark its 30th anniversary during 2013, and a special event is scheduled for January 4 to dedicate the trail's Southern Terminus with a monument at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Yosemite Steve Goes Snorkeling In Virgin Islands National Park

Steven Bumgardner, aka Yosemite Steve, typically restricts his videography to Yosemite National Park, but he recently visited Virgin Islands National Park and came away with a great video on snorkeling in the park.

Wind Cave National Park Programs Will Lead Kids Into The Backcountry

Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.

Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hikes Start Wednesday At Grand Teton National Park

With snow in the forecast, and the year-end holiday break, consider joining a ranger for a snowshoe hike at Grand Teton National Park if you're in the area this week.

Popular Chekika Area Reopens In Everglades National Park In April

The popular "Chekika" day-use area in Everglades National Park has reopened, and will remain open through April.

Special Year-End Programs Scheduled At Rocky Mountain National Park

Some fun programs, for young and old, are scheduled for the last week of the year at Rocky Mountain National Parks. Kids can gain outdoor lore from rangers, or join their families on a snowshoe hike.

Reservations For 2013 Seats On Shuttle Buses And Campgrounds At Denali National Park Now Open

If you're making plans to visit Denali National Park and Preserve next year, you'd can make reservations now for a seat on the park shuttle bus or a campsite in four of the Denali's largest campgrounds.

Congaree National Park Adds Group Campsites, Bans Car Camping

More group campsites have been added to the campgrounds in Congaree National Park in South Carolina. At the same time, the national park has put a halt to car camping in the park.

Grand Teton National Park Moving To Winter Operations

Though winter seems to be unusually late in coming this year, activities for the winter season at Grand Teton National Park and the adjoining John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway begin December 15.

Annual Holiday Sale To Feature Locally Made Artworks, Crafts At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Locally produced Native American baskets and jewlrey, soaps, bath salts, and carvings will be among the items on sale when the annual holiday sale is held at the King Gillette Ranch at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on December 15.

Winter Months Can Be A Great Time To Visit Cumberland Island National Seashore

A friend of mine once told me Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia was one of her favorite parks. While I have yet to make a visit there, it sounds like the winter months could be a good time to go.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park To Host Exhibit On African-Americans In Civil War

An exhibit that looks at the contributions African-Americans made as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers during the Civil War will be on display at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park from December 17 through January 26.

Exploring The Parks: Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

Trail of Tears National HIstoric Trails tells an unpleasant chapter of U.S. history.

Mark The Winter Solstice With Special Program At Aztec Ruins National Monument

The arrival of the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, will be marked at Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico with a special luminaria event involving 2,000 glowing luminaria.

Searching For Owls At Obed Wild And Scenic River In Tennessee

Can you tell the difference between the Eastern Screech Owl and the Barred Owl just from their hoots? On December 14 a program at Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee will revolve around the differences in their calls and looking for them in the park.

Winter Lodging Deals Offered In Zion, Grand Canyon National Parks

Now this would be an interesting trip. Imagine going to both Zion and Grand Canyon national parks on the same winter road trip? It won't necessarily be easy, but there are some lodging offers out there that can make it a little easier on your wallet.

Photography On Display At Biscayne National Park Through Late February

Unique glimpses of Biscayne National Park will be on display at the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery through February 24 as award-winning photographer Matt Stock displays a dozen shots he took in and around the park.

Winter Regulations In Effect At Olympic National Park

Winter access rules are in place for Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, where plowing operations are scheduled for three days a week.

Whale Watching: Here's Your National Parks Traveler 2013 Vacation Planner

If National Parks Traveler’s blue whale creature feature got you in the mood to do some whale watching, we’ve put together a guide of the best national parks for just that. From coast to coast and throughout the year, each park provides the opportunity to enjoy these majestic creatures.

Annual Cave Sing At Mammoth Cave National Park Set For December 2

The 33rd Annual Cave Sing at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is set for December 2.

Scenic Road Through Lassen Volcanic National Park Closed By Snow, But Lots To Do There This Winter

Snowshoes are one of the preferred forms of transportation in Lassen Volcanic National Park now that snowstorms have closed the scenic drive through the park.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Schedules Holiday Celebration

An 1840s holiday celebration will be held December 8 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state.

It's "Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site," Not "Beautiful Collection Of Late-Victorian Furniture National Historic Site"

It’s called Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. It isn’t called “Beautiful Collection of Late-Victorian Furniture National Historic Site. The theme is the open range cattle era. The theme is not how much the paneling in the dining room cost.

Mesa Verde National Park Has Been Added To Traveler's List Of Essential Park Guides

Mesa Verde National Park is the latest addition to Traveler's essential parks guides. In these pages you'll find information on cliff dwelling tours, lodging, hiking and more.

Holiday Celebrations Planned At Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Delaware Water Gap

Opportunities to experience either a Victorian Christmas celebration or one more attuned to the Old West are coming up in December at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.